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Outdoor Notes

  • 12/28/2021 1:15:00 PM
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Hunting seasons will begin closing in early January. Pheasant, archery turkey and deer seasons, and late muzzleloader deer season close on Jan. 10.
2022 hunting, fishing license on sale Dec. 15; duck, goose and dove hunters now required to register with HIP

2022 hunting, fishing license on sale Dec. 15; duck, goose and dove hunters now required to register with HIP

  • 12/8/2021 2:20:00 PM
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Resident hunting, fishing and other licenses for 2022 are available beginning Dec. 15. The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $55; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $62; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $101.
Iowa DNR stresses safety after weekend hunting incidents

Iowa DNR stresses safety after weekend hunting incidents

  • 12/7/2021 1:45:00 PM
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Officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to four deer hunting incidents over the weekend – one related to property damage, one minor injury, one serious injury and one fatality - and one related to pheasant hunting.
Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

  • 11/23/2021 3:09:00 PM
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For many Iowans, a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt is as much a part of the holiday tradition as football, battling over the last turkey leg and an afternoon nap, and this year’s outing may be one of the best.
Duck hunters encouraged to use safe boating practices while on the water

Duck hunters encouraged to use safe boating practices while on the water

  • 10/26/2021 4:08:00 PM
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Duck hunters who hunt from a boat are encouraged to include boating safety as part of their hunting plan. Waterfowl hunters use boats on some of the coldest days of the year. Not only is the water deathly cold on these days, but the hunter is likely wearing enough layers to make themselves heavy and clumsy, and if they go into the water, they are in serious trouble.
The first of Iowa’s three duck hunting zones opens Oct. 2

The first of Iowa’s three duck hunting zones opens Oct. 2

  • 9/28/2021 1:35:00 PM
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Wetland conditions have improved ahead of the Oct. 2 opening day of Iowa’s duck season in the north zone. The most recent migration report shows an increase in the number of ducks that pushed in to Iowa, thanks to a classic September weather change.
Iowa’s youth deer season begins September 18

Iowa’s youth deer season begins September 18

  • 9/14/2021 2:58:00 PM
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The Iowa deer hunting tradition will be passed on to about 10,000 young hunters who are participating in the youth deer season, which opens on Sept. 18.
Waterfowl season dates corrected

Waterfowl season dates corrected

  • 8/31/2021 11:51:00 AM
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An error during a routine update of the Iowa Hunting Regulations mistakenly posted the 2020-21 waterfowl season dates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website late last week. The issue has been corrected.
Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 4

Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 4

  • 8/31/2021 11:46:00 AM
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The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has an abundant rabbit population, with the southern and east central part of the state seeing the best overall numbers. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 4 statewide.
Iowa’s teal hunting season opens Sept. 1

Iowa’s teal hunting season opens Sept. 1

  • 8/17/2021 11:41:00 AM
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Iowa’s 16-day teal only hunting season begins statewide Sept. 1, offering hunters an opportunity to enjoy Iowa’s wetlands and shallow lakes during the mild late summer weather.
Iowa’s dove hunting season begins Sept. 1

Iowa’s dove hunting season begins Sept. 1

  • 8/17/2021 11:37:00 AM
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Iowa’s sunflower and wheat fields will be popular places on Sept. 1, when thousands of hunters slip into the standing flowers and field edges in the early morning darkness for the opening day of dove hunting season.
Learn to Hunt program opens registration for youth waterfowl workshop

Learn to Hunt program opens registration for youth waterfowl workshop

  • 7/28/2021 11:44:00 AM
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DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook waterfowl to youth who have little to no waterfowl hunting experience on Aug. 28, at the Olofson Shooting Range, near Polk City.
Intro to Turkey Hunting workshop set for April 10

Intro to Turkey Hunting workshop set for April 10

  • 3/30/2021 12:54:00 PM
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DeWitt - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Woods + Waters Project are holding an Intro to Turkey Hunting Workshop, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Wapsi Valley Izaak Walton League, near DeWitt.
Hunting seasons begin closing soon

Hunting seasons begin closing soon

  • 12/29/2020 11:35:00 AM
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Hunting seasons will begin closing soon, starting with pheasant, archery turkey and deer seasons, and late muzzleloader deer season on Jan. 10. The staggered goose seasons begin closing in the north zone first on Jan. 9, followed by the south zone on Jan. 16, and the Missouri River zone on Jan. 23.
2021 hunting, fishing licenses on sale

2021 hunting, fishing licenses on sale

  • 12/29/2020 11:32:00 AM
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2021 resident hunting, fishing and other licenses are now on sale. The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $55; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $62; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $101.
Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

  • 11/18/2020 6:43:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 5, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
DNR investigating fatal treestand fall

DNR investigating fatal treestand fall

  • 10/26/2020 6:41:00 AM
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OLLIE, Iowa -- The DNR Law Enforcement Bureau is investigating a fatal fall from a treestand in rural Ollie in Keokuk County on Thursday, October 22.
Pheasant hunters gearing up for highly anticipated season opener

Pheasant hunters gearing up for highly anticipated season opener

  • 10/20/2020 12:54:00 PM
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Tens of thousands of hunters in blaze orange will take to the fields when Iowa’s pheasant season opens Oct. 31. And with pheasant populations on par with the best counts in the past decade, including six of the nine survey regions averaging more than 20 pheasants per route - the most since 2007, hunters can afford to be optimistic.
Enrollment open for popular Iowa Habitat and Access Program

Enrollment open for popular Iowa Habitat and Access Program

  • 10/13/2020 12:41:00 PM
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The popular Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP) is accepting applications from landowners interested in receiving technical assistance and financial incentives in exchange for allowing hunters to access the improved area.
Iowa’s archery deer hunting season begins Oct. 1

Iowa’s archery deer hunting season begins Oct. 1

  • 9/29/2020 1:02:00 PM
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An estimated 60,000 hunters will be heading to the timber in the next few weeks as Iowa’s archery deer season gets underway Oct. 1. For hunters in the derecho corridor, this year will not be like seasons past.
Iowa’s youth deer season begins Sept. 19

Iowa’s youth deer season begins Sept. 19

  • 9/15/2020 1:29:00 PM
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The Iowa deer hunting tradition will be passed on to about 10,000 young hunters who are participating in the youth deer season, which opens on Sept. 19. This season is designed as a mentor-styled hunt, matching young hunters with a licensed adult to teach proper deer hunting techniques, wildlife behavior, and safe hunting practices without the added pressure of other hunters in the field. 
DNR investigating fatal hunting incident

DNR investigating fatal hunting incident

  • 9/6/2020 8:28:00 PM
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ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, Iowa – On Saturday, September 5, 2020, around 5:00pm, DNR Conservation Officers responded to a fatal hunting incident at Fish Farm Mounds Wildlife Area near New Albin, Iowa.
Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 5

Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 5

  • 8/25/2020 1:42:00 PM
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The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has a strong population of rabbits, similar to last year, with the southern and east central part of the state seeing the best overall numbers. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 5 statewide.
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